The Lion King
The movie is never less interesting than when it's trying to be the original Lion King, and never more compelling than when it's carving out…
Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at RogerEbert.com and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He
spent four years writing film reviews and interviews for
HollywoodChicago.com and has contributed to a variety of publications
including Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and Magill's Cinema Annual. His writing/editing experience includes serving as Assistant A&E Editor at the Columbia Chronicle and a full-time writer at the Woodstock Independent. He is a monthly guest on Vocalo radio's The Morning AMp program, and is also the founder of Indie Outlook, a blog and podcast featuring
exclusive interviews with some of the most exciting voices in modern
independent filmmaking. Follow him on Twitter at @IndieOutlook and @mattfagerholm.
An interview with Dave Goelz, a.k.a. Gonzo in "The Muppet Movie," which returns to theaters on July 25th and July 30th, courtesy of Fathom Events.
Matt writes: Over this past Fourth of July weekend, we were saddened to learn of the passing of an enormously influential icon in the Chicago film community, Milos Stehlik (1949-2019), co-founder of Facets Multimedia, who passed away on Saturday at age 70. Chaz Ebert hailed him as one of cinema's biggest advocates and humanitarians.
Valerie Weiss on her path to Hollywood; Emily Lape and Alison Hixon on "Mercy's Girl"; Alma Har'el's plan for female directors; Four-part "Hateful Eight"; Lisa Hanawalt and Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
An interview with Cary Elwes and Dacre Montgomery, stars of Netflix’s Stranger Things 3.
Matt writes: A week ago today, we celebrated Roger Ebert's birthday by republishing various reviews and essays by the inimitable critic, as well as new installments in our "My Favorite Roger" series by Brian Tallerico, Nell Minow and Allison Shoemaker.
An interview with Guy Vandenberg and Steve Williams, subjects of Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss' documentary, 5B.
Matt writes: Sometimes the job of a critic is to provide a platform for films not receiving their deserved attention from audiences. In light of its underwhelming box office numbers, I'd like to place a spotlight on one of the year's most acclaimed movies, Olivia Wilde's "Booksmart," a wonderful comedy about teenage friends encouraged to break the rules in their final hours as high schoolers.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting our coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Matt writes: The 72nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close last week, and RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert was there to cover the highlights in her exclusive video dispatches, along with contributors led by Barbara Scharres and Ben Kenigsberg, whose daily reviews did a marvelous job of covering the highlights.
A special edition of Thumbnails spotlighting coverage of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.